As we age we naturally loose a certain amount of strength and flexibility, especially as we also begin to move less. With our senior population enjoying a longer and more active lifestyle well into their retirement years, the desire to remain physically and mentally active has become more important.
Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. Poses are done seated on the chair or the chair is used for support during standing and balance poses. At times the wall may also be used for support. Use of the chair allows for greater stability to help participants feel supported and safe as they move in/out of each pose.
Poses are modified so that even those with health restrictions, decreased range of motion and physical limitations can perform versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends and mild backbends that will provide the same benefits from a traditional yoga practice including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress and improved sleep.
Benefits for starting or continuing a yoga practice for seniors:
It's never too early, or too late, to start! Not sure if yoga is for you, or how to start your practice, contact me and we can chat!